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W5D7 / 10wks - THANKS, SparkFriends! :)

Friday, March 04, 2011

So I drank a buttload of water yesterday, and I had GREAT workouts after work:

Lower body ST again - this time did a couple sets of walking lunges and single leg squats and then stretched, then some regular squats during Zumba.
ZUMBA - Britneypalooza - all Britney Zumba day for one of my class members who loves Britney - it was longer than usual because there was more instruction for all the new songs - 47 min - 650 calories! I had to run back and forth to pause my Ipod for instruction and plus it was just a good workout overall.
Aquajogging - 47 min - 1:30 intervals was the name of the game, 412 calories - max HR 160 (in a pool that's pretty good!)

Dinner was a bit sodium-y. We did club sandwiches so there was lunchmeat, cheese and bacon involved. But it was delicious. And we needed to use our bread and the bacon. There was also tomato and spinach involved! And no mayo! :) hehehe.

And I think I got plenty of sleep. Result - today down again by 1.5 from yesterday, back to old 187. That's what I weighed last Friday for Scale Back before weighing 185 on Saturday. So maybe we'll have a repeat of last week...

Frustrating to cover the same ground over and over, but eventually those bottom numbers will get lower and lower because I know I'm doing the right actions to make it happen.

Tomorrow will be my splurge meal for the week - we're heading to my most favorite place in the world, the Lowe Mill / Flying Monkey - and the Happy Tummy!

This week's menu:


And I'm getting a CIGAR BOX GUITAR!!!!!!!!!! SOoooooooooo stoked! :) Look it up. It's awesome. There is a studio at the Flying Monkey of people that make cigar box guitars to order. I'm stoked.

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MARLIE13 3/6/2011 12:30PM

    Sounds like Juli was rather toxic. Oops I did it again. BWaaahhhaahahaaaa!! Ok. I stop.

The menu at Happy Tummy looks awesome. How fun! And fun times 2 with the cigar box guitar. luv it!

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NOELLIEMAE 3/5/2011 2:19AM

    whoohoo!!!! sounds like an AWESOME day!

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SKYFYRE 3/5/2011 12:38AM

    Woohoo for a stringed instrument!!! (And for being down 1.5 lbs!)

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MBSHAZZER 3/4/2011 1:21PM

    Great news, Dana! Hope you have a fantastic weekend!

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WAVEDANCER7 3/4/2011 1:16PM

    Cutest tummy icon EVERRRRR!

Okay your talk of your workouts yesterday made me feel the following: jealous, crazy (britney reference), exhausted, lucky (brit ref #2), strong (via you), lazy (b/c i didn't do anything), and like a slave (sorry i couldn't help myself).

Keep on keepin' on Dana. And like you said, you definitely are making the right moves. Give your body time to thank you.

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HELP, SPARKFRIENDS!!!!! W5D6 / 10wk Scale Back

Thursday, March 03, 2011

I am suffering from an acute case of Scale Madness.

So let's talk real numbers here.

Saturday I saw my weight actually at where my ticker says - WOOHOO for HONESTY!!! :) (185) and I was like sweet! Now I finally might move past that number!

Then Tuesday...187.... today.....188.5 WTF?!?!?!?!

Sorry guys but I'm baffled. I have only one possible solution, so I need you all to tell me if it is legit or not. haha.

I do not believe I've been high on sodium - I've been eating basically cereal for breakfast, fruits for snacks, leftovers for lunch (ok so I did eat out for lunch on Tuesday for lunch which was probably pretty high in sodium but that was TUESDAY, but dinner out was a chicken breast salad so probably not too horrible on the sodium front, right?) -

Mon dinner - Curried Chicken Salad (from Ellie Kriegers "So Easy" -so GOOD)
Tue - Salad w/ Chicken breast - no cheese, no tortilla strips - so corn, beans, chicken, lettuce, grapes, and a bit of a sweet pepper vinaigrette. (NOT A LOT) and a cupcake. MIL's Birthday
Wed - Chicken Pitas - chicken, spinach, hummus, feta. BAM!

So there's the food, been lightly over calories a couple of days (Tue turned out to be more like less than 100 over) and last night I was like 25 cal over, but overall very good and on track.

So the culprit I think might have something to do with it all - Strength Training.

I haven't been doing it, I started doing it again. My butt is sore, my chest and arms are still sore from Monday night, and I did some crunches last night after aquajogging and band even and my abs were kinda already sore so I kept it simple and just did a couple sets and called it a night.

Aiding and abetting is possibly not getting enough sleep? Wednesday night is a LATE NIGHT for me.

So what do you think, SparkPeople? Also - if it IS because of the ST, does that mean this weight is around to stay for a bit, or should it drop back down after I find an equilibrium with my ST? I'm definitely not stopping ST for fear of my weight going up because I KNOW it's good for me, I'm just looking to understand the changes on the scale.

I REALLY REALLY REALLY do not want to let my Scale Back team down. I started the Scale Back challenge at 189.5 on my home scale, Saturday at the end fo week 4 I weighed down 4.5lbs so on track for 10lbs lost, but now I'm almost back to square one and it's really frustrating.

As far as the BIG PICTURE goes - I know I'm losing weight for vanity purposes mostly - to get back into my skinniest pair of skinny jeans - and also to get faster in running, and that I'm at a healthy weight for my height, and I'm fit and all that. I want these goals, but big picture the time frame doesn't matter.

Small picture, I got a team that will only have a chance at winning money in a drawing if I can dial in the best way for me to get down by 10lb total by the end of 10 weeks and we're halfway through as of tomorrow.

So lend me your support, your thoughts, etc.! I need it!

Added 11:50PM: P.S. -- Keep it coming! I appreciate so much people telling me these things that I know are true, but for some reason have a hard time applying to myself when I get angry at the scale. I also wasn't sure that the amount was consistent with that type of a fluctuation so hearing you all say - yes it's the ST, relax - helps a lot! :)

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SEEHOLZ 3/4/2011 6:22AM

    Aside from the fact that this non-work non-Sparking is delaying my response to you, I would tend to agree with the water retention theory- if I work out really hard, especially if I run and lift weight in the same day, the water retention seems to get me each and every time. My friend always used to remind me that for athletes, a swing of 5-10 lbs is actually not unusually- yes, 10 lbs sounds crazy high, but.... it happens to people based on their workout. If the scale goes loopy- up, down, up down... that's the perfect indicator- hence, one of those "over time" graphs might do you good, to see the trend --- bascially the straight line through the hills and valleys-LOL.

Seriously, I know how you feel with regards to lettting your team down, but don't stress yet. You got time to even it out. Maybe pay even more attention to the days when the scale does go down and see what you did and then, a couple days before the final weight in--- or the time it matters the most for this team weigh in, do those things- maybe aka what people do right before a fitness competiton? I know there are tricks to get the water weight off--- maybe ask one of those fitness girls around Spark or look it up online? That would be my suggestion. In the meantime, do your think honey- you've been doing amazingly well and I would hate to see you stress out over this stuff.

Also remember the more muscle mass you got, the more water those suckers can retain-LOL- not fair, right?

Do You!!!!

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MSSUNBUG 3/3/2011 7:22PM

    My weight goes ALL OVER THE PLACE on a day-to-day basis because I'm heavily in training mode right now, putting in two hours most days. When I increase one (ST or cardio), decrease another, etc. I see huge fluctuations on the scale. But it evens out. Looking week-to-week or even month-to-month paints a much more sensible picture. Don't sweat it. Your body will work it out. You WILL lose weight doing what you're doing. It's simple science, and your body is not exempt from it!

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    here i come to save the day!

ok, i don't have much to add as others said if you have doms bad it could be water retention. have you actually taken measurements? i don't think it is from actually muscle gain in that short of a time either. you on roids?? lol

i agree with the water. are you getting enough? my weight has gone up the last couple of days. i have been off work and i am bad with water on non work days sometimes. besides when i exercise i don't drink any! i was going to write a blog too about my weight today. maybe you can come knock some sense into me.

i was halfway through my run when i commented on facebook. i stopped at home to get the dog for the second half.

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CLOVERR1 3/3/2011 1:44PM

    I'm right there with you (on wanting to do GOOD for Scale Back Alabama and on yo-yoing instead)! However, unlike you, I don't have any acceptable reasons for weight fluctuations this week... just several days of emotional eating to the blues instead of nutrition or hunger. I'll continue to try-try again.

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NOELLIEMAE 3/3/2011 1:40PM

    BAHAHA! last to comment as USUAL :) I'm with them... that is all the smart folks who already commented. ST MUST be the culprit... sneaky little devil emoticon drink LOTS of water, take two hugs and continue to workout :) your body will adjust... Hey when does the scale back end this year? I signed up 2 years ago and made my 10 lbs by the skin of my teeth.. I think I was UP 5 lbs the day after the final weighin though... Olive Garden MAY have been the problem there ;) GOOD LUCK!!!! and don't worry so much! Noel

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SKYFYRE 3/3/2011 1:36PM

    Oi, sorry girlie! (((HUGS))) !!! I think maybe change the battery on you scale! Lol! Sometimes those things malfunction... but if you have been weight lifting, you will store fluid in your muscles as part of the healing process- lifting weights usually results in muscle tears. Drink LOTS of water!!! 2.5L a day, and get plenty of sleep!!

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WAVEDANCER7 3/3/2011 12:33PM

    Its definitely the ST. Lactic acid build up can definitely raise your weight. Your body will adjust and you won't be so sore, and things will even out. When your body is repairing its muscles, it holds on to sodium and water it needs to rebuild. (hence swelling and the such after an injury) Building muscle requires repair too, so same process. You'll be fine. Just give it a few days. Its just tricky when you are doing a challenge based on the scale. But it'll drop back down soon enough.

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SARAH_VW 3/3/2011 12:12PM

    It's totally the strength training! Whenever I take a break from strength training and then start back up again the scale always goes up a few pounds. It's only temporary though. It usually takes a week or so and then my body gets used to the strength training again and the scale goes back to normal. The gain is attributed to your muscles tearing during strength training and then becoming swollen with fluid retention. It's completely annoying to know that you're doing something good for your body and then have the scale respond like that. Hang in there! Sounds like you're on track and doing awesome. I'm sure by next week the scale will be more friendly again!

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BRE7482 3/3/2011 10:22AM

    I think sleep definitely plays a part. I don't lose as much during my work week because I work nights and my sleeping gets crazy. I also thought about TOM too. Also check your water and are you weighing the same time each day? I'm sure you'll get your 10 lbs though, and whatever is going on will work itself out.

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AMUNET_RA 3/3/2011 10:15AM

    So many things play havoc with the scale. Strength training, sodium, constipation, TOM...I always gain after I start upping my strength work, but I start to lose again shortly after. I think our muscles retain fluid and take a while to settle.

Hang in there!! ((HUGS)) You KNOW what you're doing! strength is a GOOD thing, even if the scale is a B1tch for a bit!

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BRUIN2 3/3/2011 10:08AM

    I don't know. Maybe up the cardio a bit? It doesn't seem like you'd gain 3lbs of muscle in that short of time, so I'm not going to "blame" muscle. Is TOM coming? Are you stressed (for reasons other than the scale of course)? Drink your water, watch your calories, keep moving.

(And don't eat pb cookies for breakfast like I just did)

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MBSHAZZER 3/3/2011 10:08AM

    Yes, I do think it's the sleep and the strength training, and I also think it will go down when your muscles settle into a routine. I would not give up the ST - it's too important to your health and wellness!

Good luck!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 3/3/2011 9:57AM

    Come on over to the High Intensity Thinkers team and we'll help you sort it out...


I suspect that it may be the ST, because that tends to accumulate fluid in the muscles a day or so after a workout. Which I think does go away.

If the ST is causing you to gain weight (muscle) then it won't go away. Which could be bad news for your team in the short term but good news for you, because more lean muscle is always a good thing...

Hang in there.

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W5D4 / 10wk Fattitude Adjustment

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

So, I'm feeling pretty good today so far.

Today will be a challenge food-wise, though -- lunch out w/ my team and dinner out for my MIL's birthday. I know what I'm eating tonight for sure, lunch I have a tentative plan in my nutrition tracker but I might change tactics once we get there, I dunno.

As is, I'll be over for the day by about 150 calories - and I may have overestimated the chicken portion of the day, but underestimated some other thigns? And maybe the cupcake estimate seems a bit high, too - but I figure 150 over and being perfectly content with all food choices for the day is worth it for me. Maybe I can burn an extra 150 calories this week.

I've also changed my goals to lose 1.5lb instead of 2 a week. I don't think 2 was realistic really, but 1.5 I think is a good goal right now, and it shifted my calorie range by 100 cal up - not a lot, but at least now I'm not at the very bottom, and for some reason that's comforting for me? haha.

Couldn't aquajog yesterday due to a plumbing issue at the house in the middle of the night causing me to need to be at the gym in the AM to shower - but I DID do my upper body strength workout (gymstyle) and some ArcTrainer. Burned a comparable amount of calories as I would have aquajogging for a similar total time, so I felt good about it all. My foot is bugging me, but Plantar Fasciitis style and less so w/ my achilles. I rolled it out this morning and it feels a bit better today. Gotta stay on top of that!

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MBSHAZZER 3/1/2011 4:27PM

    I think you're OK with 150 over! Hope the foot feels better soon, that you enjoyed lunch and will enjoy dinner! :D

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SKYFYRE 3/1/2011 3:52PM

    Go Girl! (& have fun tonight!)

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DDOORN 3/1/2011 11:51AM

    Water troubles in the home...SUCH a hassle!

Great to catch up with you again...still have that great momentum! :-)


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W5D2 / 10 wks - Short checkin

Sunday, February 27, 2011

After being frustrated about seeing my weight shoot up on Thursday, then it go back down 2lbs but not far enough to count a "loss" for scale back for week 4, Saturday morning after being on point it was down another 2 to create what would have been a 1.5lb loss for last week. Gotta keep that moving down for this week. If I'm down .5lb from the weight I saw Saturday, I will be on track for the 10lbs lost in 10weeks so that's the main thing I'm hoping for.

Then it was chili cookoff last night - my splurge meal of the week - and I won an Honorable Mention award for my chili under the "Hottest Chili" category. :) I tasted the winner of that category and I liked the flavor of mine better. Their was all meat and tomatoes and beans and spice, mine had onions and peppers and corn and I like that better. It had a fresher flavor even while being spicy which I prefer - but then again, it's my chili! I make it that way on purpose!

In spite of it being about 1/2-2/3 of the way gone, we had leftovers to bring home so I will have something to bring for lunches. :) hehe.

Here's a picture of me with my prize. :) I also wore my new size 11 Jeggings all day Saturday. I think that sizing is flawed but it still strokes my ego and also being comfortable in skin tight fake jeans is no small feat either.

Now since I had my splurge of the week, it's back to being 100% tracked and on point all week long.

I also made a weight/strength plan for the week that I emailed to my scale back team.

M - upper body, T - lower, W - quick core, R - lower, F- upper, S- longer core, Su - rest.

I need to make sure to remind myself that doing a muscle grouping at a time means that it is REALLY SHORT and I have NO EXCUSES for missing this because I can do it in NO TIME. :)

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SKYFYRE 3/1/2011 2:36AM

    Congrats on the Chili! Sounds like a fun little competition, what group did you do it with? Congrats on the weight loss too! That is AWESOME!!! 10lbs gone here you come! You know I say a little ego stroking ain't so horrible, and how do you know they aren't size 11?!?! Maybe you ARE a size 11?! You look pretty skinny to me! Keep up the great work Dana!

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HALFWEIGHT 2/28/2011 1:09AM

    Skin-tight jeans? Pics or it didn't happen! ;-)

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HOPERY 2/28/2011 12:44AM

    I have heard of Chili, but Jeggins is a new term for me. I bet they look awesomely hot on your long legs!

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SEPPIESUSAN 2/27/2011 8:53PM

    Congrats on winning Honorable Mention - I love chili!

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SEEHOLZ 2/27/2011 1:41PM

    I know you can totally pull of awesome jeggins- me, umm, people would probably notice and wonder why I'm wearing jeggins-LOL and I'm not big on attention. Are they comfy?

Great job on being consistent, sticking to your plan and making that weight loss goal- you are doing awesome!

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MBSHAZZER 2/27/2011 11:42AM

    Congratulations on your chili win! And bravo on the jeggings. I'm too afraid to attempt them!

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W4D5 / 10wks to SB - Listening to my Body

Thursday, February 24, 2011

So... I was so tired yesterday I decided I should go home and rest.

I dunno what's going on with me since last Saturday, but it's very tired whatever it is. hahaha. I felt good on Tuesday teaching Zumba and actually doing the aquajogging and shopping, but once I got home I was like - I'M DYING OF THIRST and drank like at least 40 oz of water right then and there. And then as the pizza was in the oven it all just HIT me.

I felt ok most of yesterday but in the afternoon I was just soooo tired. So I go home, hang out w/ hubby for a while and then I realize I'm STARVING. I start preparing pork chops and brussel sprouts, but while it's cooking I eat some of the leftover appetizers from Saturday's surprise party. I think that was a bad move. I probably ate too much of them and I think the sodium did a number on me.

So Tuesday I was down .5lb but today I was up 3lbs from what I was on Tuesday. UGGGH that's only .5lb down from my scale back STARTING weight. I really am not believing I gained 3lbs between those two days, but to be honest, I wasn't tracking my food for some of those two days, so I feel more afraid of that number than I should I think. I've burned over half my calorie burn goal for the week already, I need to get in some more workouts this weekend, but tonight we're going to a hockey game to NETWORK! :) DH is planning on dinner being a hot dog at the game - so I tracked a hot dog w/ mustard into my tracker. We'll see if there is a better option. PLUS Lunch is being provided at work today in this luncheon meeting thing I got invited to. I requested a healthy option so we will see if they were able to come up with it.

All that combined means even if I'm being very diligent about my calories, likely the scale will not cooperate and fluctuate back down to reality for tomorrow morning's team weighin for scale back. It's not really important- it's only for us to keep track, it doesn't matter for the competition thing, but the fact that a fluctuation could take me so close to my starting point makes me so nervous about being able to reach my final goal for this thing. Losing 1lb a week is totally a great place to be for me personally, but I had really hoped to be able to EXCEED the 10lb weight loss for the 10 weeks to feel more secure in being able to contribute to a good weigh-in for the team at the end. I know that final week will be 100% clean eating and guzzling water to make sure there are no surprise fluctuations to be accounted for.

Anyway - Just feeling run down and trying to not actually GET run down. *sigh* I thought it was de-motivation but I really think the motivation is there and the energy level just ISN'T right now.

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MARLIE13 2/25/2011 8:31PM

    Would there be a need to take a slug test?

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SKYFYRE 2/25/2011 1:25AM

    Good idea to rest~ sounds like your body needs it! I am discovering that the older I get the more sensitive I am to salt- like MAJOR weight gain if I eat too much of it :( Hope you are feeling back to normal soon!

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SEEHOLZ 2/24/2011 5:09PM

    Definitely rest up- sounds like your body is fighting something sweetie!

Enjoy your hot dog, hahaha... and the networking! Never heard of networking at a hockey game before- but cool.

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WHATAGRL42 2/24/2011 3:44PM

    I get that energy blah thing allllll the time. I have never been able to pinpoint the exact cause, but I suspect it's a combo of a number of things: not getting a consistent 8 hours of sleep over time, TOM, too many carbs, coming down with a flu or cold, overeating, overtraining (rare for me, but in some instances, I have manic surges of workout energy followed by a week of OMG I need to just SIT). And dehydration. My doc says that the fatigue can also be brought on by insulin surges (again related to overeating or too many carbs).

At any rate, a day or two of clean eating, water drinking, rest from exercise, and a power nap followed by getting to bed on time for a full 8 hours usually gets me back on track.

And those pounds? Sodium-induced water bloat, right? It's when it grows to 7 or 8 pounds that you know it isn't "water".


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SWEATONCEADAY 2/24/2011 1:52PM

    hope you feel better soon. the pool makes me tired, thirsty and hungry so maybe it is doing the same for you. i find it really draining.

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MBSHAZZER 2/24/2011 1:07PM

    Definitely listen to your body. I ran this AM even though I felt like I was DEAD this morning it was totally a BAD MOVE!

Hope you are feeling better soon! It's hard to function when you're tired!

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SEPPIESUSAN 2/24/2011 11:51AM

    Hmm....if you're really that tired your body is telling you it needs a break, and if you allow yourself to rest I'm sure you will come back feeling even stronger afterwards and ready for some kick@$$ workouts.

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